Mobile network operators’ association the GSMA has produced a video showing near field communication phones in action in the French city of Nice, where mobile operators have been conducting an NFC trial under the Cityzi brand name... More
The cities of Paris, Bordeaux, Caen, Lille, Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse are to join Nice in the next stage of French plans to deploy a national NFC infrastructure... More
Orange will begin introducing NFC services “in the majority of countries in which it has a presence” in 2011, the mobile network operator has told mobile phone manufacturers at a meeting in Paris on 15 December... More
The aim is to ensure that users of the French Cityzi NFC service can use their mobile phone to make payments anywhere in the world that MasterCard PayPass is accepted, ahead of a planned national expansion of the Cityzi service. More
A total of thirteen cities have responded to the French government’s call for proposals for three to five more cities to receive funding to run large scale NFC field trials similar to the Cityzi project running in Nice, according to Le Journal du Net... More
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Three retailers in Nice are using Fidbook, an NFC loyalty application that works with a simple reader costing under €100 and avoids the need to upgrade to a contactless payments terminal. More
Following the successful launch of the Cityzi NFC service in Nice, a further “three to five” cities are to receive funding from the French government as the country gears up for the introduction of a nationwide commercial NFC service. More
France’s mobile network operators and banks, along with Visa and MasterCard, the local transport operator, the city council and others will take part in Europe’s first pre-commercial NFC pilot — which will be identified by the new Cityzi brand. More
Three French firms are working on the Smart Muse NFC tour guide project, designed to let visitors use NFC phones to get information that is tailored by place, time and consumer demographic. More
Plans to add NFC to Android phones, to develop a universal NFC wallet user interface and to test an NFC-based museum information system at the Pompidou Centre in Paris are amongst the projects that will receive grants worth a total of ‘several million euros’. More
The city council has won funding from the French government for a ‘pre-commercial’ NFC test in partnership with three mobile operators plus transport operator Veolia and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. More
Frequent flyers can use NFC phones or stickers to get an electronic boarding pass and collect loyalty points. More
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